HDB's Punggol@Waterway wins international award

PHOTO: HDB's Punggol@Waterway wins international award

SINGAPORE - THE Housing & Development Board (HDB) has been awarded the Gold Award for the 2012 International Award for Liveable Communities under the Project Built section for the My Waterway@Punggol project.

The award is conferred by the LivCom Management Company and is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

It recognizes International Best Practices in the management of the local environment. The Livcom Awards are given out annually since 1997 and over 50 countries have been represented at the Awards.

My Waterway@Punggol was chosen as the winner by an independent panel of environmental and landscape management experts, where entries were judged based on the following criteria: enhancement of the natural and built landscape, arts, culture and heritage, environmental best practices, community participation and empowerment, healthy lifestyle and strategic planning.

The winners were announced at the award ceremony held in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates on Nov 26.

HDB’s Deputy CEO (Building) Mr Sng Cheng Keh said, “HDB and its partner agencies designed My Waterway@Punggol to let all residents enjoy „Green Living by the Waters?.

Rather than leave this as a functional pipeline linking two reservoirs, our team of planners, engineers and architects have worked hard to create this unique waterfront experience, while also preserving the nature and heritage of the area.”

The waterway was conceptualised based on three key design elements – Green, Water and People, capitalising on environmentally sustainable features, integrating stormwater management and creating community spaces.

Besides winning the LivCom Awards 2012, the project’s most recent accolades include the FIABCI Singapore Property Award in Oct 2012 and the Global Superior Achievement Award by the International Water Association in Aug 2012.